1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Maintenance Engineer Apprentice. Help maintain equipment on site to reduce potential downtime. Responsible for keeping a certain area of the factory running at all times. Fixing robot errors, drop section faults, dc tooling, assistors and more.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Engineering Maintenance, City and guilds level 3 in Engineering Maintenance. Robot training, welding, bench fitting, milling, turning, electrical training.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy learning new things on a daily basis. There is always opportunity to develop new skills and gain more and more knowledge. Team work is a strong aspect of work. It is a very enjoyable place to be.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I feel like I am valued by the people I work with. I have been tasked with many jobs and trusted to carry out these tasks to a high standard. I have been invited to events such as the Innovation challenge.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
In all honesty the programme is changing year by year, I feel this creates some conflict within the structure of the apprenticeship. For example when we started we were told we would be at college for one year however ended up being there for 3 years (2 years on a day release basis), and repeated the same level qualification for no real gain.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training provider helps support me through most aspects of the apprenticeship and is always there if I have any queries regarding my studies or problems within the workplace.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer has a positive approach to supporting me and my training/learning. They offer a multitude of different ways to help support my apprenticeship.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary package i received at the start of the apprenticeship made it slightly difficult to cover all costs but was manageable. As the salary increases over the apprenticeship this changes and costs are covered very easily.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, I have been to multiple company events to either help out and take part. The latest one I went to was the Innovation challenge at the Castle Bromwich plant.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because it creates a great foundation to develop and shape an exciting and rewarding career, offering plenty of opportunity to progress within the company.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
They must have a passion for engineering. Practice interview techniques, always be prepared to ask questions. Be confident and try to stand out by speaking up first in team exercises.
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